Kanye West Sued Over ‘Gold Digger’ Sample

By Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
April 9, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Kanye West sued: Nearly eight years after it was released and went popular, “Gold Digger” by Kanye West contained a sample that was apparently not cleared, according to a lawsuit this week against the rapper.

Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, the children of musician David Pryor, are suing West in claiming that he took a sample from their father’s music without permission.

The sample in question is their father, who passed away in 2006, saying “get down” on the 1974 song “Bumpin’ Bus Stop,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

The plaintiffs want a judge to block “Gold Digger,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2005, from being sold and are seeking “millions of dollars” in damages, according to the publication.

The suit also claims that West and several record labels took part in a 15-year “illegal copyright infringement scheme and criminal enterprise involving the unauthorized, willful sampling of plaintiffs original copyrighted music on a massive scale,” according to AllHipHop.com.

Labels included in the suit include Stones Throw Records, Roc-a-Fella Records, Bad Boy Records, Bomb Hip-Hop Records, Autumn Games, Activision, Caroline Distribution, and The Island Def Jam Music Group.

Last September, record label TufAmerica sued West claiming that he illegally used portions of the 1969 song by Eddie Bo on his album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” according to The Huffington Post.

Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston